Introduction: Safe

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Safe made of wood with a full functional lock.

Step 1: The Tools

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router with vice , drill, saw, sand paper, ...

Step 2: The Box

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glueing the box toghether, then use the router to make smooth round edges ...

Step 3: The Box With the Door

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the door mounted to the box ...

Step 4: The Plan for the Lock

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two nights at a bar and a few beers ...

Step 5: The Knob

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using the router to make all the round parts by mounting them to the vice and turning the part under the router to make the shape ...

Step 6: All Parts Ready

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Step 7: The Lock in Action

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Step 8: Finish

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all parts colored ...

Step 9: Done

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tok2 (author)2008-01-04

Sorry if this question already has been asked before but... shouldn't hinges be on the inside of a safe?

claudg1950 (author)tok22013-04-24

Not really. I have in front of me a quite big safe, where hinges are on the outside. Besides, being the door of a real safe very thick, you could imagine the technical difficulties in putting the hinge inside and at the same time allowing clearance for the door to open.

kaysievers (author)tok22008-01-17

You would just need to make sure that you can not open the door when the hinges are removed. The simplest solution would be door clamping itself into the frame while closing it.

claudg1950 (author)2013-04-24

Perhaps the easiest way to show us how the tumblers work would be a short closeup video of you operating the mechanism with the door opened.
A very nice work indeed.

Dr.Bill (author)2011-12-23

I read an article about wooden door locks that used to be made for old time cabins. They were really very nicely done like yours. 5.0

bfedorowytsch (author)2011-08-13

Would really love to see how the tumblers work, and a more in depth instructable on them.

TRINIGURU (author)2010-12-24

Really cool, i plan to make 2 of these for my boys to put their little trinkets, etc. i plan to treat the wood against moisture and i believe it has some flame resistant chemicals too then use a sanding sealer before i paint with automotive paint for the metallic look.

madmedic (author)2010-09-08

Nice design but could you give a little more info as to how the tumblers fit together to make the lock work??

corsi (author)2010-09-01

i made a safe like this in wood shop last year. it turned out pretty well but not as clean. setting the combo to be just right was the hardest part.

Fretka (author)2010-05-27

 this is very cool.. I bet it could be steampunked painted and used as some awesome decor accent...and still serve as a moderately secure place to keep stuff. 
you know that if someone wants to steal your stuff...this will only keep honest people honest...or really lazy people...maybe that fat man that sits on it....

The sarcastic commentary was awesome too...I adore a well made sarcastic comment... some people just take life WAY too seriously. It isn't about the finish line peeps !! it is the journey there....enjoy the ride !

azntrooper93 (author)2009-07-31

yes how does the lock work im just confused

SWV1787 (author)azntrooper932010-05-11
this website has a good explanation of how to make the lock mechanism and how it works

opanocat5 (author)2010-05-09

how did you paint the wood to get that "old safe" shine to it? and what paint?

kaysievers (author)opanocat52010-05-09

I's plain color used for windows and doors. The stuff that smells, not the water-based. :) It's applied with a soft paint brush.

lemonie (author)2006-12-26

How long would your valuable papers last in a fire?

Broom (author)lemonie2009-06-27

It depends on whether you put them in the fire one-by-one, or all at once. If you roll them up into a "log", they can burn for up to 30 minutes or so.

kibbler (author)Broom2009-07-29

HA! I was not expecting that!

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jrsblb (author)2009-08-29

This is really cool, but it is wooden.... I really like the tumbler design though.

cpf (author)2007-08-01

I take it this isn't supposed to be a real safe? you could just break off the knob, or crack it open with a axe...

corradini (author)cpf2007-10-06

Are you KIDDING? This thing's like freaking Fort Knox!!!!!

It's well-known that 3/4-inch (20 mm) plywood is utterly impervious to fire, saws, sledgehammers, being sat on by a really fat guy, etc. -- when SHAPED like a safe and then painted.

cpf. IT'S A PLYWOOD BOX! With a very clever lock -- but a PLYWOOD lock!

Dude -- I hope you wear your helmet when you go outdoors.... >;-)

(Moderators, Saul, Arwen, et al -- please have mercy on me. I know I'm skirting the "be nice" policy here, but -- COME ON -- this was just TOO begging for it...)

conrad2468 (author)corradini2009-07-20

relax.....ur just bein sarcastic......

corradini (author)conrad24682009-07-20

Perceptive. (No points for perceiving the obvious -- and -- a year and a half later. >;-)

conrad2468 (author)corradini2009-07-20

oh just bein a hu,an "I never knew why humans always pointed out the obvious....." (or something like that....)

corradini (author)conrad24682009-07-20

Just curious - does the phrase "signal-to-noise ratio" strike some kind of a chord for you?

conrad2468 (author)corradini2009-07-20

is my noise overpowering the signal im trying to transmit? (just a stab in the dark)

An Villain (author)corradini2009-07-20

being sat on by a really fat guy?

mettaurlover (author)corradini2009-05-17

this was made for the sake of making it, not for actual security. also, it looks cool.

bwpatton1 (author)corradini2009-03-25

Could you just take a POWERdrill with a paddle bit or a whole saw and drill through it?? Just saying unless it was coated with some sort of epoxy, that might slow them down.........

DIY Dave (author)corradini2009-02-14

You could just break the hinges open with a screwdriver.

nightninja87 (author)corradini2007-10-08

hey i would take the challenge of sitting on it

cpf (author)corradini2007-10-07

Uuuh, *if* you read my post, sure, 3/4 inch plywood is hard to get through (without lighter fluid/gas), the knob will still not withstand the back of an axe multiple times, then you could look in with a boroscope, *or* just snap off the hinges and lever open the door


conrad2468 (author)2009-07-20

Ima make one outa metal.

Honestinwilkesbarre (author)2009-07-08

As my Dad used to tell me, locks only keep honest people honest. Then he taught me how to get around locks. A very cool instructable.

Holden_vy_s (author)2009-05-14

This is really, really awesome, but im disappointed you didnt provide proper instructions on making this. Really, you need to draw up a real diagram of you lock!

Broom (author)Holden_vy_s2009-06-27

Ditto. This is almost a slideshow of parts pictures, instead of an 'ible.

moomoocows (author)2007-10-28

You never taught anyone how the lock really works. I think thats the most important part to this whole thing because that's definitely the part I would use in other projects.

mettaurlover (author)moomoocows2009-05-17

it is made up of disks with a slot in each of them, with a pin sticking out of each side. turning the knob rotates a disk, turning it. when the pin from that disk hits the pin from another disk, that disk turns as well. the combination is made so that when entered correctly all the slots line up to allow the handle to turn, or the bar to fall in allowing the device to be unlocked. it really is simple.

cb25cb (author)2009-05-13

wont it brwak if you hit it with a slege hammer

DIY Dave (author)2009-02-14

pretty cool

kibbler (author)2009-01-01

That's the best safe I've seen on Instructables. Although it doesn't really show you how to make it... Oh well. It's still cool. ;)

raykholo (author)2008-12-03

so u actually made the lock urself? unreal

hammer9876 (author)2008-09-08

Cool. I can just imagine teen aged punks messing around with it, breaking it all up, wasting all their time, all the while the police are ready to break in on them and arrest them. I love it. radiorental has a point though. It really needs a coin slot. :-)

mtt02 (author)2007-11-25

wow that looks cool.

Peter3D (author)2007-09-17


drummonkey92 (author)2007-06-12

i couldnt see any pictures, but i think its a realy great idea for a project (i was gonna make on myself but wanted to see if anyone else had already done one on instructables first!!) if i do get round to making my own i can leave a comment wid some pics if you want.

Corvidae (author)2007-06-11

I flagged this because the images dont work.

lemonie (author)2007-02-17

Also, you don't explain how the lock works, or comment upon e.g. sledge-hammer resistsnce. Welding one up from steel I should like to see. The finished object looks very good, it's nice.

andalux (author)2006-12-29

In Spain, Telefonica company uses it on public phones.

Cbrown (author)2006-10-15

this is probably the coolest thing someone has built on this site,

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